Access to Crisis Counselors, Helpline Support and Virtual Ongoing Mental Health Support
June 16, 2020 (Asbury Park, New Jersey) – The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has launched a new text application through GoMo Health, enabling New Jerseyans to gain access to emotional support through a simple text as a new alternative, in addition to calling the NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline. These services are available through by/through the New Jersey Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling program (CCP). The Mental Health Association in New Jersey in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, is offering the CCP through a (FEMA/SAMHSA) grant.
The CCP provides free access to emotional support from trained specialists. Referrals and expedient phone access to crisis counselors and a variety virtual support groups are readily available.
Getting help is easy. New Jerseyans can simply text NJHOPE to 51684 or call 866-202-HELP (4357) for access to emotional support and information, daily, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Texts and messages received during off-hours will be answered the following day. People may also opt in for comforting and nurturing care messages delivered via mobile to help them cope and deal with anxiety and stress.
“COVID-19 continues to impact the mental health of people throughout our state, exacerbating existing issues and adding to them with the social, financial and lifestyle human factors affected by the virus. This has caused tremendous emotional distress for many people in New Jersey. Combining the NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline service along with the new texting feature enables us to personally address thousands of people’s emotional and coping needs,” says Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of the MHANJ.
“The lighter touch mobile engagement and consistent supportive messaging afford both immediate response and longer-term ongoing support. This approach helps to develop improved mental outlook and resiliency as people navigate our current challenging environment,” says Bob Gold, Chief Behavioral Technologist, GoMo Health.
About GoMo Health:
GoMo Health® delivers digital therapeutic solutions that integrate psycho-social care and resources to create a more precise and personalized physical and behavioral care plan. These population health management programs reduce costs, improve outcomes, increase satisfaction, and collect evidence-based e-PRO data necessary to maximize value-based reimbursements. GoMo Health uses a proprietary science, BehavioralRx®, The Science of Precision Health, to build trust and credibility to motivate higher levels of reciprocity and actions that result in increased human resiliency. In partnership with health care organizations worldwide, GoMo Health delivers this highly scalable solution, Concierge Care® for the management of high-risk, chronic, and complex conditions, enabling better self-management and healthy decision making.
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey is a statewide non-profit organization that strives for children and adults to achieve victory over mental health and substance use disorders through advocacy, education, training, and services.